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Seamore’s, NYC

Wine educator Sam Hohl joins Robert Tas to explore the wine list of Seamore’s to find the best pairings with the renowned seafood menu. Sam reviews wines and grapes from the Basque country in Spain, Cava, and Portugal and also provides insight into the terroir of the more expensive wines on the list. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 Brut Blanc De Blancs from Schramsberg
  • 2020 Txakolina from Gaintza, Spain
  • 2020 Nortico Alvarinho
Transcript: Seamore's

Seamore’s Brookfield Place

RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Sam Hohl, wine educator.

Hello and Welcome Sam, it’s great to have you join our CorkRules family!

SH: Great be here! Thanks for having me. 

Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to help you to navigate wine lists, to find hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle to take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. Alright Sam, today we will be reviewing Seamore’s located in the heart of battery park city. They are all about fresh and sustainable seafood. 

I’m excited to hear what your initial thoughts are about Seamores’ list?


Seamore’s Brookfield Place has a curated wine list that complements the various ways they prepare seafood. Their menu has lots of dishes that incorporate fresh herbs and different spices, which makes pairing these dishes lots of fun! 

RT: So where should we start then?

A great place to start would be the 2018 Brut Blanc De Blancs from Schramsberg Vineyards in California. It has notes of green apple, lime, pineapple and fresh-baked bread, and would pair with their fresh oysters or Lemongrass Aji with Scallops. 

RT: Solid. What about something red?

Or, if you’re a red lover you could go with the L’Umami Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This wine will have those great dried cherry notes accompanied by a lovely earthiness. The grapes grow in vineyards surrounded by edible wild mushrooms, which contribute to the great umami flavor and mineral components in this wine. Paired with the Steelhead Salmon burger, this wine would be a fun way to bring out the meatiness in the fish. 

RT: As you looked at the list anything unique pop out at you?

Unique options

A unique wine that stood out to me was the 2020 Txakolina from Gaintza, Spain. This is a favorite in the Spanish Basque Country, and its light effervescence and bright acidity make it clear why. It’s made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape, which is the dominant variety in the Spanish Basque Country. With notes of citrus, minerals, and salt this wine pairs beautifully with fried seafood or even spicy dishes. 

RT: Excellent choice that should pair with most of their menu. Any hidden gems/value wines that you would direct us too?

Value wines 

There’s a couple great options on their list for a value wine. From Portugal, they have the 2020 Nortico Alvarinho. Known as Albariño in Spain, Alvarihno is what the grape is called in Portugal. This wine has notes of grapefruit and it’s rich with a fuller body. Because this wine has a bit more weight to it, but also a refreshing acidity, it’s great with dishes like fish tacos. 

RT: Love fish tacos. Anything else that we should look at?

Another great value wine is the Belle Epoque Brut Cava. This Cava from Spain is made in the same way Champagne is, with a second fermentation in the bottle. The zippy citrus flavors and fine bubbles in this cava would be wonderful with raw seafood, or with a flavorful dish like the Yellowfin Tuna Poke. 

RT: What about something special to take my meal over the top?

Bigger budget/special occasion

The wine list has a great reserve section on the menu that includes bottles of both red and white wines! A special bottle that could be savored with many dishes on the menu or simply with your friends at the table would be 2018 Les Vaudevey from Domain Laroche. This wine is a Chablis Premier Cru, meaning it’s made entirely from Chardonnay grapes from a single vineyard in the Chablis district of the Burgundy region. The Premier Cru distinction essentially means the grapes are grown in vineyards known for producing a higher quality wine. The grapes used to make this wine had a slow ripening resulting in concentrated flavors. This wine is mineral forward, with aromas of lemon peel and lively acidity. It would be a wonderful wine to celebrate over! 

RT: Can’t go wrong with Chablis and Premier Crus.

RT: Sam, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate the Seamore’s wine list.

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.  If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us email to: Info@corkrules.com or visit our web website where we have a request form available.

 We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for all our other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. 

 And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

 We look forward to seeing you another CorkRules episode soon! 






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